Georgia Virtual’s OER (open educational resource) digital course content for middle grade and high school students and training courses for teachers are freely available to educators in all states thanks to the Georgia Department of Education and its Georgia Virtual Learning program.
This includes two new micro-courses, Just-in-Time: Digital Learning as well as Online Support for Special Needs. Both courses will be available by the afternoon of March 24. The course content is accessible via the links below and can be used across a variety of platforms, web pages, online tools, email clients and learning management systems.
“The Georgia Department of Education is committed to taking care of students during this time ─ making sure they are safe, fed and learning,” Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “That includes providing resources for our teachers, who are taking on the new challenge of virtual and remote learning and doing an incredible job. We’re proud to offer resources to assist teachers as they make the temporary transition to distance learning and welcome our partners across the South to take advantage of the courses as well.”
New Micro-Course on Digital Learning Days
The Just in Time for Teachers: Digital Learning Days introduces digital learning basics and assists in planning for digital, remote learning days in a 1- to 2-hour micro-course. Designed and created by Georgia Virtual’s learning engineers and teacher trainers, this course leverages the tools and knowledge of more than 15 years of virtual education experience to share critical best practices to assist educators planning for and transitioning to a remote learning format to support digital learning for their students.
Additional OER resources available from Georgia Virtual include:
- Full content from over 100 courses in grades 6 through 12, as well as individual modules. A great resource for teachers and students.
- A newly updated Effective Online Teaching course, a 30-hour online course, as well as individual chapters and modules will be ready soon.
“Kudos to Georgia for making this available at a time when so many students and their teachers need it,” said SREB President Stephen Pruitt. “This is a great initial step toward academic continuity for students, and we look forward to working together with states on access for each student across the region.”
SREB is convening education leaders to find ways to help one another across state and district boundaries, including resources for distance learning, during disruptions because of the coronavirus.
“The Georgia Virtual School develops all its courses meeting Georgia educational standards using open educational resources, so they are available online to everyone” said director Jay Heap. “We are continuing to develop resources for teachers new to the remote learning environment.”
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